Caleb Wenzel has been appointed assistant conductor for Ensemble Concept/21, the professional new music ensemble based at Indiana University South Bend. Mr. Wenzel is thrilled to work again with Maestro Muñiz and the extraordinary musicians of EC/21. EC/21 concerts have been added to Mr. Wenzel's events calendar.
Jorge Muñiz, music director and conductor
Caleb Wenzel, assistant conductor
Ensemble CONCEPT/21 (EC/21), a new music ensemble at Indiana University South Bend thrives in performing and presenting music of the 21st century to new audiences, with a special emphasis in featuring works by young composers from the Midwest. Directed by Spanish-American composer Jorge Muñiz, EC/21 includes three exciting programs in its 2015-2016 season, bringing a diverse selection of compositions from across the Atlantic. All performances are preceded by informal conversations with visiting composers and the audience.
In the first program of its second season, the ensemble will be featuring works by distinguished composers from the Catalan Association of Composers, a composer’s organization from Catalonia (Spain). The members of Ensemble CONCEPT/21 are delighted to present these works in Chicago as part of the 10th Latino Music Festival.
About Jorge Muñiz, music director and conductor
The music of Jorge Muñiz has been performed in Spain, Italy, Germany, France and the United States by such ensembles as the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Seville Symphony Orchestra, Malaga Symphony Orchestra, Asturias Symphony Orchestra, Oviedo Filarmonía, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Das Scardanelli Quartett, Euclid Quartet, Cámara XXI, Duo Ahlert & Schwab, and Duo Sonidos.
In addition to winning the First Grand Prize of the European Young Composers Competition, Muñiz has won several other international awards including the City of Alcobendas Composition Prize, the Flora Prieto Composition Prize, the Guerrero Foundation Music Prize, the Joaquin Turina Music Prize, and the Spanish Society of Authors Young Composers Competition. At Carnegie Mellon University, Muñiz won the String Quartet Competition and the H. G. Archer Prize for Symphonic Composition. Muñiz is the also the recipient of several grants and fellowships from Fulbright and Rotary International, among others.
Jorge Muñiz received his masters in music composition from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied with Leonardo Balada and his doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music with Richard Danielpour. Dr. Muñiz is currently Associate Professor of Music – Composition and Theory, at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend.